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Welcome from the Dean

Professor Lesley Hitchens

Welcome to the UTS Faculty of Law. UTS:Law is a dynamic and innovative law school, which has achieved great success for the quality of its legal education and research in its relatively short history. We are ranked 43rd in the world and 6th in Australia by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. UTS:Law is located in the heart of Sydney in a cosmopolitan and diverse area, which is also the precinct for creative and innovative industries and a short walk away from the central business district.  

The legal education we offer is shaped by our commitment to practice-oriented learning. This commitment informs our curriculum, teaching styles, classroom interaction and assessment. It means that our graduates have a sound knowledge of the legal discipline and the skills and experience to ensure that they are work-ready. Graduates apply their knowledge and skills confidently in their professional lives, whether pursuing careers in legal practice, locally and internationally, or in business, government, policy and advocacy.

In 2015 we launched the Future of the Legal Profession series with Paradigm Shifts, a panel discussion of leading legal practitioners who explored the current and future business models of law firms and the impact of technology disruptions. This year we staged Unprecendented Disruption.  This is an ongoing series that will address changes occurring across all sectors of the legal profession, within the context of a changing economy and workforce, and technological innovation.

At UTS:Law we also believe it is important for our students, as future professionals and leaders in their field, to have the opportunity to develop an understanding of justice and a sense of service. Outside the classroom this is achieved through our Brennan Justice and Leadership Program, which is a unique voluntary program managed by the Faculty and student body in partnership. Established in 2011, around half of our current students are registered in the program.   

Since its establishment in 1975, UTS:Law, like the University, has had a strong commitment to providing opportunities for learning for those who, because of employment or other constraints, are unable to follow a standard timetable. This continues to be important to us. Our undergraduate and postgraduate programs offer flexibility in timetabling and subject delivery. 

We are also very proud of our achievements in research. UTS:Law research was recognised by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research Australia 2015 exercise as ‘above world standard’. The research we conduct is innovative and seeks to have a real-world impact. Our curriculum also benefits from our academics, who integrate their expertise and current research into their teaching. At UTS:Law we believe that research must be conducted in a supportive and collaborative environment. We endeavour to give our faculty and students – undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and doctoral – the opportunity to develop and flourish as researchers.  Our prestigious Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholarships exemplify our commitment to supporting the next generation of researchers.

Above all, we seek to provide a nurturing learning environment that will ensure students facing challenges are supported and all of our students are provided with the opportunity to fulfil their goals. 

Welcome to the UTS:Law community,

Professor Lesley Hitchens GAICD

UTS:Law Dean

Dip.Teach (AMC), LLB (UNSW), BA (Macq), LLM (London)